Scottish Budget, Scottish Economy

Key Messages from yesterday’s Scottish Budget

Institute Director Mairi Spowage is joined by colleagues David Eiser and Emma Congreve to discuss the main highlights from the Scottish Budget presented yesterday.

(00:37) Main reflections on the Budget

(03:22) Key tax announcements

(09:15) Announcements – or not – on council tax

(12:03) Social care spending increases starting to come through

(13:45) Scottish child payment & child poverty measures

(15:40) Local Government Funding impacts


Mairi is the Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute. Previously, she was the Deputy Chief Executive of the Scottish Fiscal Commission and the Head of National Accounts at the Scottish Government and has over a decade of experience working in different areas of statistics and analysis.

David is Senior Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the Fraser of Allander Institute



Emma Congreve is a Principal Knowledge Exchange Fellow and Deputy Director at the Fraser of Allander Institute. Emma's work at the Institute is focussed on policy analysis, covering a wide range of areas of social and economic policy.  Emma is an experienced economist and has previously held roles as a senior economist at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and as an economic adviser within the Scottish Government.